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October 10, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Category: Student Activity
Location: Purdy/Kresge Library #144 | Map
5265 Cass
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

Join us on Oct. 16 for our first community idea generator, where we will be bringing in community members and representatives from community organizations who will share their experiences and offer insight on some of the problems they see firsthand working in the Detroit communities. For those looking for ideas, this session will help you identify some of the current issues in the city and may help inspire your idea around this year’s theme: Energize Detroit! Energizing our city by empowering our mental and physical fitness and wellbeing. 

This session will also serve as an open house for anyone who wasn’t able to join us for the kickoff. You don’t need a team or even an idea to join us-- just an interest in participating. To learn more and get the answers to frequently asked questions, visit 

Unable to join us but would like to participate? Fill out our interest form at we’ll help connect you to other students and teams.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

The STEAM challenge brings interdisciplinary student teams together to pitch ideas to solve real problems in our city. STEAM Challenge teams will identify a real-world problem or issue that affects Detroit and suggest an idea for a project-based solution that uses an interdisciplinary approach under the 2018 theme. This year, the theme is Energize Detroit: energizing our city by empowering our mental and physical fitness and wellbeing.

This year’s competition is slated to give out $15,000—$10,000 to the first-place winner, $3,000 to the second-place winner, and $2,000 to the third-place winner—which will be used to implement the proposed project. From all applications, six teams will be chosen to go on to the final pitch competition in March.

For more information about this event, please contact Jill Wurm at 3135774149 or